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SQL End of Support Webinar

The End of Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is fast approaching. From 9 July 2019, all Microsoft security updates and patches will cease for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, if steps are not taken.

With this in mind, we are running a webinar to explain the available options for migrating from unsupported versions of SQL. The webinar will help you make an informed decision about which option is most suitable for your organisation’s circumstances.


  • Introduction to SQL 2008 End of Support
  • Consequences of running unsupported software
    • Security & compliances risk
    • GDPR
  • Available options
    • SQL on Azure
      • Free extended support on Azure
      • A full move to a new SQL on Azure environment
    • On-premise SQL 2016 – 2019
      • Why choose on-premise over cloud
      • How to move to a new version
      • Will Software Assurance benefits cover this?
    • Extended support for 2008 versions
      • The eligibility prerequisites for extended support
      • Terms of the extended support
      • Cost versus other options
  • What to do next
  • How Trustmarque can help
  • Q&A


Date: 28 March 2019

Time: 10:30 – 11:30

Meeting type: Skype for Business

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The presenters

Neel Dev has been in the IT industry since 1999 in various roles. Starting out as a Biotech undergrad he came into IT via genomics and bioinformatics, specialising in algorithms and PERL scripts. After five years Neel moved to hardware at Hewlett-Packard as a VDI Specialist. Since 2012 he has been heavily involved in datacentre solutions from a cloud perspective concentrating in the areas of hybrid datacentres and public cloud.

Tom McEwing is one of our Microsoft Licensing Specialists who advises our customers on how to get the most from their Microsoft volume licensing and contracts. Tom is a Microsoft Certified Professional and Partner Commercial Executive, these accreditations give him access to information from Microsoft that isn’t publicly available. This provides him, and consequently the wider Trustmarque team, with the knowledge of future Microsoft licensing announcements and how they will affect our customers.